Better Hearing & Speech Month: Communication Disorders in Adults

Posted on 2019-05-20 17:48:33 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Communication disorders impact people of all ages. For adults, there are a variety of diseases and disorders that can affect their communication abilities: stroke, traumatic brain injury, ALS, other progressive diseases (Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, etc.). Adults with these disorders/diseases still have something to say and want to participate in their lives by talking to their spouses and families, making medical decisions, and more.

 Aphasia, a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain where language is stored, may affect the ability to comprehend language, to express oneself, to read, or to spell and write. For persons with aphasia, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has been proven to be an effective intervention strategy, especially to move beyond treatment of just the impairment.

 Saltillo's vocabulary file “Communication Journey: Aphasia” can be easily adapted for use by people with different types of aphasia and a range of cognitive levels and degrees of severity. Derived from the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia from the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada, this vocabulary file's User Guide is full of comprehensive, easy-to-understand information. This is especially important because spouses or family members often help people with aphasia use their device to communicate.

 Be sure to stay tuned with us in June as we go more in-depth about Communication Journey: Aphasia during Aphasia Awareness Month!


Better Hearing & Speech Month: Communication Disorders in School-Aged Children

Posted on 2019-05-13 12:51:48 by Admin under Resources & Tips

A common theme you've probably noticed in our blog and social media posts this month is that it's never too early – or too late – to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). To help facilitate and support language development, PRC-Saltillo's AAC Language Lab is an excellent and fun resource for SLPs, educators, and parents as they assist communicators in all stages of development. Here are three things you may not know about the AAC Language Lab:

FREE lesson plans, activities and other resources make it easy to "try before you buy" an annual subscription…who doesn't love free resources to help facilitate language!?

Activities AND lesson plans can be filtered by a variety of categories. You can search based on stage of language development, specific words, specific language skills, or functions of language, etc. 

AAC Language Lab activities aren't just for AAC users! They can be used in groups with verbal kids, too, to target different language concepts. For AAC users, we've done the work to give you the supports you need!

 

 

 

 


Better Hearing & Speech Month: Communication Disorders in Toddlers

Posted on 2019-05-07 13:28:00 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Reading is such a great task to support language development for all children! There are many research-supported benefits of reading to children. Reading is: 

  • Language rich. It exposes children to complex language and skills in a way that engages them and helps them learn how to use language like that.
  • Predictable and repeatable
  • A minimizer of motor movement. When we sit down together to read a book, we aren’t running around trying to get a toddler’s attention to teach them words and language.
  • Fun and natural! It is something our AAC users can see other kids their age doing, so there is a sense of inclusion.

For toddlers using AAC, WordPower60 Basic was designed with early language learners in mind, providing ample picture support and core words to grow language. It also includes pages designed to teach language and core through popular children’s books like Brown Bear Brown Bear. Here at Saltillo, we believe in the power of reading and offer a fun library of read-along books on our website and YouTube channel…be sure check them out!

Remember, early intervention is key – it's never too soon to start therapy and AAC use…the younger we start, the better the outcome!


Better Hearing & Speech Month: Communication Disorders in Infants

Posted on 2019-05-01 14:34:20 by Admin under Resources & Tips

Research across the board shows the benefits of early intervention. It is never too early to start speech therapy, especially with some populations where we know there is a high likelihood of a communication disorder being diagnosed. Plus, it's never too early to start AAC, either For some children, we know there is a high likelihood that verbal speech will not be the best method of communication, so the earlier we start on all things communication, the better! 

However, using AAC devices does not mean that we only use AAC. We can still try to improve verbal speech while also giving the child a way to consistently and successfully communicate with those around them. This is true for the toddlers, too!

  • -There are many communication skills infants develop, such as eye gaze, joint attention, etc., that can be addressed.
  • -AAC is not just about devices! There are many other types of AAC that can be used early on (pictures, signs, etc.) to help teach infants to communicate. Visit ExploreAAC.com to learn more about these multiple methods of AAC!